"" JAMIE SAYS DREAM: Folk Art & Design

25 februari 2012

Folk Art & Design

At my new job at the museum Kulturen in Lund I have to get to know all the exhibitions and buildings (30 buildings!) and yesterday I went through the exhibition Folk Art & Design. I thought I should share some photos with you. (The lights are quite dim in some parts of the exhibition, because a strong light would ruin the objects = it effects my photos.)

The exhibition is divided into six parts, and the first one is Weddings! I think this is my favourite part of the whole exhibiton. It starts with wedding photos dated from 1910-2010 with stories about the couples, and moves on to wedding clothes and textiles and other objects from the 19th century. There's so many embroideries and beautiful details.

Wedding photo from 1922


Wedding photo from 1927

Wedding photo from 1939

Wedding photo from 2008

Bridegroom's shirt from 1844, embroidered with the initials of the bride and groome.

A dressed bride. Many layers of skirts was a sign of welth. 


Bridal crowns


Bridal crown and a special embroidered cushion to sit on. The cushions were
used for feasts and maybe on Sundays, and  to keep  them intact they were
kept dark, often in a chest. It took a long time to make them. The women
 weaved and then embroidered them with great care.

Another part of the exhibition tells about the people who made the folk art objects.  Decor painters who wandered from house to house with paint and brushes in a basket on their back, the carpenter in the village, the women who weaved and sewed in the homes for the family or to make a little money.

This clock is made by Elin Roli in Wäckelsång. She was born in 1785 as a farmers
daughter and married a soldier. He was captured in war and kept for seven years,
and meanwhile Elin made money by making clocks and other handi crafts. 


Decor painting

A third part of the exhibition tells about the tradition of marking objects with intials and year. 


Handmade and handpainted chest, wall cupboard and little baskets. 

But in this part there are also some modern things, like a towel embroidered with authentic mobile phone text messages and a cushion for a wedding very much inspired byt the folk culture tradition.


authenic mobile phone text messages turned into embroidery


Wedding cushion embroidered by Therese Svensson Everöd  for her sisters wedding in 2005. 


A fourth part of Folk Art & Design is about modern days DIY, our need to make things. You can see fanzines, posters, embroidery, carved sculptures, knittings and all sorts of things. 


Small DIY decorative wall cupboards

A fifth part of the exhibition shows examples of how new design and handi craft is inspired by old traditions. 


Chandelier by Karin Ferner, inspired by old folk art chandeliers. 


Detail of the chandelier


This is a chair made in the south of Sweden in 1878...

...and this is a modern chair made by Matz Nordell, inspired by old folk culture. The numbers 1,2,3,4 is reminding us about the folk culture tradition of marking chairs with the year they were made. 

The sixht part of Folk Art & Design shows old folk costumes from Scania (the region of Sweden where Lund and Malmö is located, in the very south of Sweden) The traditional feast clothes were made in a very specific way for different parts of Sweden. Scania was from this perspective divided into many different parts. Still today some people use their regional folk costumes at special occasions. Our prinsess Victoria always wears her's on her birthday. 

In this part there are also modern interpretations of the traditional folk costumes. Students from Sätergläntan, a school in Dalarna for traditional folk art handi crafts, came down to Kulturen to get inspiration, and then created there own designs inspired by the Scanian tradition.  Sorry about the very dark photos! 


One of the modern interpretations in the front, traditional folk culture
clothes behind it. There's chains on the traditional top in the back too. 

Modern interpretation of traditional folk culture cape

In my Daily dose of quirkiness I move from Kulturen and the Swedish folk tradition, to a tradition from another part of the world. Maison Martin Margiela turned traditional carpets into boots :-) They are beautiful!

Masion Martin Margiela carpet boots, via That's Not My Age

8 kommentarer:

LissenTo sa...

Men vilken fantastisk utställning, att vandra runt här och se på både finabilder och vackra hantverk.

Så bra att det blir bevarat, till allas glädje.

Vilket bra jobb du har fått, men det måste vara otroligt mycket att lära sig.

Ha en fin lördag. Kram

pernilla plaza interiör sa...

Haha vilken härlig utställning! Ta med en femma, jag måste bajsa... Hoppas att du mår bättre snart! Stor kram Pernilla

esther sa...

I always love folklore museums and cool that also put modern interpretation on show. So nice that you get to work there!

Hope it is going better with your cold soon. And thank you for leaving all those kind comments on my blog, it is always very nice to hear from you :)

Creative Living + Wabi Sabi Style sa...

Oj, fina bilder. Den utställningen vill jag se. Gillar ljuskronan. Precis min stil. Kul att du är tillbaka. //Lisbeth.

Hanna sa...

Underbart att se alla bröllopsfoton och allt det andra med för den delen. Jag borde skämmas, har aldrig varit på Kulturen trots att jag är i Skåne flera gånger om året. Kanske dags att skärpa sig och ta sig dit ;0)

leah of sang the bird sa...

There is so much culture, beauty and history steeped in these photos. Your job sounds interesting.
Hope that you are still getting to rest a bit.

Hvite tulipaner sa...

Takk for fine ord snille du:)
Høres ut som du har en spennende og givende jobb på museet.
Ønsker deg en fortsatt fin søndag!
Klem E

kate sa...

oh WOW I really love the photos ! Hope you are loving your new job - congratulations !